As leaders in Jacksonville and Aruba examine opportunities to grow business connections, Aruba’s leadership told the roundtable that they have capacity for additional cargo vessel calls. One of Aruba’s goals is to diversify the distribution points allowing opportunity for vessels with more cargo to call Aruba’s port, including transshipment opportunities from nearby islands.
While the group explores trade, there is also opportunity beyond port terminals. The Aruban delegation also highlighted warehousing opportunities, available land to be developed on the island, and ongoing development projects that use imported materials.
Additionally, Aruba and Jacksonville each serve as popular tourism destinations. Visit Jacksonville President and CEO Michael Corrigan says the MoU highlights the prospect of working with Aruba’s leaders to promote mutually beneficial tourism opportunities.
“Visit Jacksonville is excited about our new friends in Aruba and we can’t wait to work together – it’s important that Jacksonville citizens know about Aruba and take the opportunity to go there and increase tourism,” Corrigan said. “We look forward to introducing Jacksonville to the Aruba market to show them we’re a great destination to visit, as well.”